Here's Everything You Need To Know About The “Hijab Controversy” In Colleges In Punjab

By Momina Mindeel | 15 Mar, 2017

Earlier yesterday, a senior Punjab Minister Raza Ali Gilani proposed to make Hijab mandatory for female students in all the Punjab colleges.

Hamaray culture aur ethics ko ham bhooltay ja rai hain. Is kay liye main ne colleges main hamari khawateen, hamari behnon kay liye Hijab compulsory kar dia hai,” told the Punjab Higher Education Minister in a video that has been circulating around social media ever since.

Here’s the full video, for reference:

Soon after the word got out, the entire social media went berserk. Everybody had some interesting things to say about the whole situation, Pakistani twitterati in particular.

Some people appreciated the step by saying that men wouldn’t be able to control themselves if they see the un-hijabed ‘eyecandy’ 

While some weren’t amused, AT ALL

Amidst all the chaos, some  of them just decided to joke about the situation 

While others had some legit concerns too

Punjab Government, however, came out with an official statement soon after and here’s what they had to say:

The representatives of the Punjab Government clarified the matter by saying that academic excellence will always be the only basis for merit. No extra marks will be given to anyone wearing Punjab. They further discarded all the media reports about Raza Ali Gilani’s word being the ultimate by calling them as ‘WRONG’ news.

The tweet proved to be rather beneficial in appeasing the Pakistanis in general

Moreover, while celebrating Holi earlier yesterday, Nawaz Sharif also sent out a message of inclusiveness and tolerance. So peeps, it’s all clear now. There’s really nothing to worry about, anymore.

Cover image via: /AP Photo/B.K. Bangash

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